For those that don’t know what ‘Athlete’s Foot’ is, it is a common fungal infection in the feet that can otherwise be known as “tinea pedis” in medical terms. The fungal infection presents in the feet sometimes as a white or red apperance, chalky texture (looking like dry skin), small rings of erroded skin and at times when the infection is severe enough apperances of raw skin. (Below is a depiction of what it may present like)
Skin can become quite itchy and sensitive due to the fungal infection feeding off the cells of the skin to allow for its growth and it continues to grow if the environment is suitable for it. We know that for fungus to grow it thrives in environments that are WARM, WET (Moist) and DARK. So the perfect place to start growing your fungus would be straight in your SHOES where you’ve got all the sweat, heat and lack of sunlight to grow an infection. Athlete’s foot usually presents in the toe area due to the high friction cause when we walk or run, therefore leaving the skin there highly susceptible especially between the toes. The growth of fungus also comes with a funky stink to the feet that confirms to health care professionals or a doctor that there may be fungus present.
Some tips to managing Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis):
BEST TIP —> APPLY AN INGREDIENT CALLED ‘TERBINAFINE’ TO THE FEET DAILY FOR 2-4 WEEKS (depending on the degree of fungal infection present) This can be found in a cream or spray form.
– Make sure you are constantly airing out your feet, especially if you are in shoes or boots all day for work or school.
– Wearing breathable socks that will allow your feet to control moist levels during the day such as bamboo socks which can prevent the build up of soggy socks from sweat accumulating over the day.
– Swapping shoes daily and avoid wearing the same shoe all day, everyday. Preferably having two pairs to alternate between if you don’t have multiple pairs.
– Drying your feet after a shower (especially between the toes as this seems to be the area that gets affect the most by maceration).
– Avoid walking bear foot in public areas such as swimming pools, toilets, gyms or any uncleansed environment.
– Giving your feet some sunlight to allow any excess moisture to dry up.
– Spraying all your shoes with anti-fungal spray to avoid getting reinfected.
If the tips above don’t seem to do the job for your feet, consider visiting a Podiatrist to have a professional assess your feet as to whether the issue is in fact a fungal infection or something else.
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